When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Matthew 11:2, 3 NIV)
This week we considered what if- what all did Jesus do? We read in John, the whole world would not have enough room for the books that could be written for Jesus. Let’s consider what Jesus- himself says…Matthew 11:4-6 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see; The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.”
Let’s thicken the pot, as an old saying goes…John 14:12 Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” Individuals who claim people interpret scripture differently, I disagree. God’s Word says what God Word says…to know God’s Word is to know Jesus. John 1:1,2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Jesus is the Word.
As we become familiar with scripture, knowledge of Jesus Christ develops within transforming our old selves into new. When Jesus is King of our lives, He becomes the ruler we measure everything by…standards- Jesus has them. The world likes to trick pastors into denouncing such standards calling them rules. Jesus desires His children to be holy. Righteousness in Christ is pure and holy…much is said about God’s righteousness. We begin being faithful in little, God begins to trust us with much.
You know that friend- the two of you can never out give each other…I have a friend and we say this almost every time we meet. I need help at times decluttering and I’m able to help her in areas…never able to out give the other….each receiving the most appreciative gift offered. Jesus is the same way. The more our actions are pleasing to Him, more trustworthy we become as we begin to trust Jesus more. His blessings are immeasurable and He is ready to pour out. The question is…Are we ready for Jesus? Everything Jesus says we will do, and even the greater works, He’s expecting to be done. Not all the criticizing others when individuals step up to do as God directs. Let’s move forward, studying God’s Word, praying, and seeking God’s Will. Once we do…exciting days ahead!